Two explosions heard in Syria
Damascus - Two explosions were heard in Damascus on Friday ahead of planned protests after the main weekly Muslim prayers, an AFP correspondent reported.
The blasts came as an advance team for an Arab League observer mission was in the Syrian capital to prepare the logistics.
The observer mission is intended to oversee an Arab plan to end nine months of bloodshed that has killed more than 5 000 people, according to the United Nations; more than 2 000 security personnel, according to the government.
But the mission has prompted an angry response from activists who charge that it is a "ploy" to stall tougher action over the government's bloody crackdown and have called for nationwide protests.